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Nidecker Mosquito 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 148, 152
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £575 / €600
  • BUY ONLINE

Why we chose the Nidecker Mosquito Snowboard: Ideal for practicing the fine art of turning whether it’s on the piste or in powder.

The Nidecker Mosquito is a short powerful carving weapon that loves to set sail towards the backcountry. Together with the Nidecker Gun and the Nidecker Smoke, the Mosquito is part of Nidecker’s “The Art of Shape” series, a series inspired by the roots of snowboarding – surfing.

“It is fast and nimble, stiff and sturdy, and ready to tackle anything thrown its way”

This shorty has a lot of character. It is fast and nimble, stiff and sturdy, and ready to tackle anything thrown its way. The small side cut radius and short running edges makes this quite the power pony. Throw the stiff flex into the mix and you’ve got yourself a perfect board for making sharp turns on.

A smaller radius basically means that the board turns shorter, and when adjusting the radius next to the contact edges, you’ll be turning with ease. The Mosquito is designed for aggressive riders who want to ride fast and do it smooth.

With a blunt nosed rocker, fish tail and directional shape here you have yourself something resembling an ideal powder board. The rocker will keep you afloat in the deep while the fish tail makes turning a piece of piss. The camber dominates the profile of this board, meaning stability and impeccable edge hold is more than adequately provided. With a blunt nose, the length of the stick is reduced and the board optimised in a way that will help you float and the cut out tail helps it to sink.

“The Mosquito is just as tiny and stingy as the names implies”

In addition to this being the tech-filled board it is, the logo embellishing the board was designed back in 1946 by none other than Henry Nidecker’s grandmother. Not only is the logo an authentic piece that represent the brands Swiss heritage, but the shape of the board itself is also inspired by Nidecker’s first snowboard that appeared on the market way back in 1984.

The Mosquito is just as tiny and stingy as the names implies. This is an aggressive little thing, ready to charge into a sharp arcing turn when needed. It isn’t someone you’d like to take out on a nice little spring stroll, but then again it wasn’t made for that either. Anyone who’s looking to slay those turns, whether it’s on the piste or in powder, the Nidecker Mosquito’s got you covered.

Tester’s Verdict

Paul WoolProfessor

“Being a man of the world, it is only natural that I know the ‘Mosquito’ is Spanish for ‘Little Fly’ (thanks Wikipedia). A cute name that belies the fact the Mosquito is a total bastard, an absolute beast, causing more death to mankind than all the lions, sharks, trees and tigers combined.

Nidecker’s newest snowboard, the Mosquito, is a cute looking board, similar in stature to a travel-ironing-board or cartoon rocket ship, which belies an absolute beast on the Mountain and the best short-fat board I’ve ever ridden (yes better than the Cool Bean).

“It is lively and dexterous taking corners like a bumper car”

Knowing I had no more than two days on this test board, after my first decent, I knew this was something special, declaring “I am definitely going to buy one of these”. I was on the 148, the smaller of the two sizes. I’m just under six feet and about 160 lbs, so I could probably have chosen either, but I think the smaller size really accentuated what makes this board fun; tight carving.

It is lively and dexterous taking corners like a bumper car. The underfoot camber really gives you power and control and this coupled with the short size and rocker front means you can pull really tight powerful turns with solid engagement in and out.

I’d say it surpasses the Cool Bean in terms of carve-ability, and it still manages to float well on powder… just like the Cool Bean. It has very nimble surfing feel in powder, great for slashing, and tree runs.

I wouldn’t say you can’t charge on the Mosquito but, as you’d expect with a board of this size, it can get a bit hairy when you’re going fast. However, overall stability is surprisingly good – feeling much more comfortable than some of its peers like the Burton Bottom Feeder. It will get a bit rocky and bumpy in that big rockered nose, but nothing unexpected. Ollies and jumping feels OK, it feels light (because it is) with that short stiff tail requiring effort to really boost. Anyone looking to spice up their snowboarding life needs one of these – it’s a real curiosity. You have to try it!”

Trade Secrets

Mathieu Crepel – Team Rider

“What can I say about the Mosquito? First of all it’s beautiful, a piece of art, a board you could happily hang on a wall and never ride. But you wouldn’t really want that, because once you have it under your feet, that’s when she reveals her true beauty.

Fun, versatile and – despite its small size – a true carving and powder machine. I really fell in love with this board – for me it’s the perfect combination of elegance and performance.”

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